Rays holding out hope Meadows gets ASG nod

Outfielder comes up short in Starters Election, finishing 8th

June 28th, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- won’t be starting in the All-Star Game, but the Rays outfielder still has a chance to participate in the Midsummer Classic on July 9 in Cleveland.

After finishing in the top three in the Primary vote, Meadows saw his vote count decrease significantly over the last week and a half. Meadows finished eighth among American League outfielders with 251,993 votes.

The vote coincided with Meadows’ struggles at the plate. In 23 games in June entering Thursday, the 23-year old outfielder was hitting just .225 and has yet to hit a home run in 98 plate appearances this month. Even with the struggles, however, Meadows has put together a first half worthy of All-Star consideration.

Meadows entered Thursday’s game leading the team with a .305 batting average and a .928 OPS. His breakout first half has been a big reason why Tampa Bay is 46-35 through 81 games this season.

The Rays are hopeful that players like Tommy Pham, Charlie Morton and Brandon Lowe also receive some consideration for the Midsummer Classic.

“[Meadows] has had a tremendous first half,” said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. “We’ve got some other guys that hopefully get the All-Star recognition that they deserve.”

Pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.

The 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played on Tuesday, July 9, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. It will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.